UPDATED May 12, 2018 12:15:31 A new generation of railroads has a lot to offer travelers, especially when it comes to accessibility.
And the Rocky Mountain Regional Plan, a statewide plan for transportation, needs to keep pace with changing times.
The Rocky Mountain Rapid Transit Authority plans to expand its Rapid Rail system and develop an electrified line to serve its existing stations, including the city of Boulder.
But what about people with mobility challenges, like people who can’t easily walk?
Here are some ideas for ways to help make this happen.
Rocky Mountain’s Rapid Rail System The Rocky Mountains Regional Plan calls for expanding Rapid Rail service in the Rocky Mountains region.
The plan envisions the rail system would provide a more reliable, more efficient way to get around the region and provide greater access for people with disabilities.
To help solve this challenge, the Rocky District Plan calls on the Regional Plan Board to: • Create a regional plan to serve people with disability through an integrated rail system • Provide an opportunity for the regional planning agency to work with local governments, transit agencies, community groups, and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for rail accessibility • Support the development of a plan for electrification of rail services, including for people using wheelchairs, strollers, and mobility devices.
“It is important that our rail systems remain accessible to people with accessibility needs, especially those who have mobility challenges,” said Rocky District Councilmember Tim Sorensen, a board member of the Rocky Regional Plan.
The Regional Plan says the rail line is expected to open in 2021, but the plan says the project is still in the early stages of design.
The Rapid Rail Authority is working with several organizations to implement the plan, including Boulder, the city, Boulder County, Boulder City Council, and the Rocky Valley Regional Plan board.
The new Rapid Rail line is planned to extend from Boulder to downtown Boulder and include stops at the Boulder International Airport, the Boulder Convention Center, and a new terminal for the Boulder County Rail.
It would be built at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion.
The rapid rail line would connect Boulder with Denver, Boulder with Provo, Utah, and Provo to the west, and Denver to the east.
A new, electrified Rapid Rail rail line will be the largest electrified rail line in the world, capable of running from Boulder’s downtown core to a new rail terminal.
The line is scheduled to open with service starting in 2021.
The region is developing a Rapid Rail Transit Plan to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities, but some say there is no way to do that if the Rapid Rail is electrified.
Some transportation advocates have been pushing for electrified lines, but others say electrification is a long-term goal.
“If the Rapid rail system is electrized, there will be a lot of people in Boulder who will be able to use it,” said Denver resident and Rapid Rail advocacy group Bicycle Coalition of Greater Boulder, which is spearheading the campaign.
“The rail system has a long way to go.”
There are a lot more needs in Boulder to meet people with needs, and it is not always easy to get there.
“When people with severe disabilities need a transit option, they have to go through the city or the county,” said Boulder resident and Boulder Regional Plan member Laura Raff.
“People with disabilities are a very unique population.”
There have been several studies looking at the effect of electrification on people with impairments.
But there is not a comprehensive report for people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices on the Rapid Train, said Boulder Transportation Commission Chair Bob Zabala.
For example, the Rapid Line could not accommodate wheelchairs.
“For people who need to use wheel chairs, the only option is a wheel chair, and that would take up valuable capacity that we would otherwise be able access to,” Zabla said.
Another challenge in Boulder is accessibility of the Rapid Ride.
People with disabilities use the Rapid Rides to get from one stop to another.
That means they need to be able use the rail, and there are no public restrooms.
“That is something that has been an ongoing issue,” said Rapid Ride co-chair John Huggins.
“We have been asking the Regional Planning Board for a year to consider an option to extend the RapidRide to Boulder.
There is no immediate option to do so.”
In addition to Rapid Ride, the regional plan calls for a rapid rail service that connects the city with Boulder.
That would include a Rapid Rodeo, which would be a more convenient route to get people from one point to another, including from Boulder International airport to downtown.
The service would also connect the Rapid Roller to Boulder International, allowing people to use their roller skates or other wheelchairs to ride, with the Rapid Roller being able to take people to other destinations.
“I think it is a really good